Designing the User Experience for Lotus Notes andSametime
We are trying to make the best possible use of every pixel of screen real estate in Notes 8. To that end, we are considering removing the + and - signs from the tree control that Samantha will see in the Navigator (app devs call it the outline view).
For example, do you think it's acceptable to have the following set of nested folders without a + to indicate which folders are nested?
(Note: We have tried the idea of superimposing a + on top of a folder that has nested folders but it appears there is a technical limitation where either all folders get the superimposed + or none of them do.)
Or, for usability reasons (that is, so that Samantha knows she has nested folders), shoudl we sacrifice the pixels necessary and show the + sign, like below?
I must admit that, while we like to save the pixels, for usability reasons, and for reasons of consistency with all the other outline views that samantha might be using in the client, we're inclined to keep the + signs.
Back in June, I blogged about the workspace re-design. However, there's been a change in plans.
We could not implement the re-design in time for the public beta. And while I think it's a good design, the fact that "not in time for public beta" means that we have almost no chance at all to get feedback from users while using their REAL data really made all of us nervous. (That, and the fact that if a major piece of code doesn't get "done" until the last minute, then chances are that it will be buggy).
So, we have postponed the big re-design of the workspace. Instead, Lotus Notes 8 will include a few visual tweaks to update the look. Yes, you will still be able to see the server names, and I think the magic key combo to show filenames will still work (I wanted to make that a proper menu item, but we're running out of time so that won't happen).
Other VERY GOOD news is that we are have already implemented the part of the workspace/bookmark redesign (now called the "launcher" or the "open list") that dynamically updates the "open list" with databases that you have added to your workspace. (hooray!!). So now you'll really be able to get 2 ways to "visualize" your Notes applications-- spatially on the workspace or "list-wise" in the "open list." You won't have to choose one or the other.
I'll try to post pictures of both soon. In the meantime, I need to start working on my lotusphere presentation, which is due tomoorw... hum, in a few minutes, make that "Today"![Read More]